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Senator Johnson should support true marriage freedom

April 8, 2013

Anonymous_wedding_signToday South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson issued a press release supporting marriage equality. Even though Senator Johnson is not going to run for another term, I would say it is a smart political move. Making such an announcement will allow the South Dakota Democrat Party to gauge voter response. With enough support the next Democrat candidate for Senate could use this as a platform issue. On the other hand if there is a lot of backlash the candidate could sidestep this issue. Either way its good to understand how the electorate will respond to the issue.

Having said that I wish the pro-marriage-equality movement would take a more libertarian approach: get government out of the marriage business! There is no reason within the limits of the Constitution for the government to regulate the personal relationships of citizens. Currently the marriage-equality movement is ASKING the government for the privilege to marry! Let me restate that “the marriage-equality movement is ASKING the government for the privilege to marry.” This is not how rights are supposed to work in the United States of America.

I think this issue can be best summed as written in the Libertarian Party platform:

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

The current fight for marriage-equality is actually a fight to get the government more involved in the personal business of American citizens. True marriage freedom can only be achieved by removing government from the relationship. Sadly this is a fight that neither party will take on because it also means overhauling and/or removing our current tax and entitlement systems. Too bad people are fighting so hard to have their personal liberties further eroded.

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